Mnemonics

Mnemonic Monday: Antiarrhythmics are complicated… Console yourself with a burger and fries!

By Molly Lewis

Antiarrhythmics are complicated… Console yourself with a burger and fries!In my previous antiarrhythmic post, I gave you two mnemonics to help you remember the mechanisms of action of each of the antiarrhythmic classes.

Now, while I still can’t spell the word “antiarrhythmic” (yay for spell check!), let’s see if I can help you remember the subclasses of the type I agents!

(Also, be sure to check out First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, too, for more mnemonics for the antiarrhythmics!).

The class I antiarrhythmics are frustrating because their names sound so similar! “-amide”, “-idine”, “-ocaine”, “-etine”, “-ainide” – not much help there in remembering which drugs belong to which class!

So, try these mnemonics:
(PS: there are more agents than the ones I’ve listed here, but I’m only including the ones that are more often used and more likely to be tested).

Class I agents:
Antiarrhythmics are complicated… Console yourself with a burger and fries! chart

Now, next time you see a list of answer choices including a long list of these oh-so-similar sounding drugs, you will know which is which! (and maybe get a quick brain vacation while thinking about that delicious lunch you have planned for after the test!).

Do you have a mnemonic for the class I antiarrhythmics subclasses? Post it below!

Bibliography
Burger and fries mnemonics: http://www.urch.com/forums/fpgee/105947-mnemonics-help-remember-antiarrhythmics.html

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